Man accused of raping, strangling woman found fit for trial

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Christopher Rashad Johnson (Courtesy VPRJ)

A mental health professional has determined a 30-year-old man accused of strangling and raping a woman on a dead-end road in James City County was sane at the time of the alleged offense.

Christopher Rashad Johnson, of the 700 block of Croaker Road, meets the requirements to stand trial for charges of strangulation resulting in injury and rape, prosecutors said Thursday morning in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

Doctor Kevin McWilliams, of the Williamsburg Psychology Center, conducted the evaluation, prosecutors said.

While in court, attorneys set Johnson’s preliminary hearing date for Jan. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim has previously dated Johnson, and agreed to meet with him in Williamsburg on Aug. 17. They went to a laundromat, Cook Out drive-thru and the Norge Farm Fresh, where they bought Black & Mild cigars and alcohol.

After going to the Farm Fresh, Johnson had the victim drive to the end of Cokes Lane, where they kissed. The victim allowed him to kiss her, but said she did not want to have sex with him when he asked her, the criminal complaint said.

The complaint continues, saying Johnson proceeded to choke the victim until she became lightheaded. He then punched her in the left cheek, which stunned her, and turned her over and raped her, the criminal complaint states.

The victim had a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner examination done at Riverside Doctor’s Hospital after the incident, according to court records.

The hospital contacted the James City County Police Department around 2:15 a.m. Aug. 18, JCC Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams told WYDaily in August.

Johnson is currently in custody at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

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